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NAVAIR Cancels Pre-Solicitation for New Super Hornets

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 26, 2013. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on Oct. 26, 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy removed pre-solicitation notices for 36 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and 84 General Electric F414 engines from the Federal Business Opportunities website today.

“The pre-solicitation was removed from FEDBIZOPS because, currently, there is no fiscal 2015 or subsequent requirements for additional F/A-18E/Fs or EA-18Gs,” Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) spokeswoman Marcia Hart-Wise said in a statement provided to USNI News.

The Navy had previously said that the pre-solicitation notices were designed to keep its options open in case there is a need for additional jets—either for the Navy itself or for a foreign military sales customers.

Despite the cancellation of the notice, there are many inside the Beltway who believe that the Navy is hedging its bets against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program by trying to keep the Super Hornet production line going.

The idea would be to buy additional F/A-18s while deferring full-rate F-35C production into the future.

  • Fog

    JMHO, but the Navy desperately needs at least another 36 Super Hornets and needs to convert existing SHs to the SH+ configuration (conformal tanks, increased thrust F414 engines, etc.). We’ll never be able to afford 300+ F-35Cs, so why not bow to reality and do the next logical thing. I the Hornet line shuts down, then we’ll really be screwed.

    • Marcd30319

      Of course, isn’t the closing of the Hornet production line the whole point for this administration?